How to Filter Craigslist

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Craigslist is an online classifieds board where people can post everything from jobs to items for sale. With so many people using Craigslist, making your search exact is a must if you want to cut through the clutter and the ads that are irrelevant to your needs. But even a targeted search can bring up hundreds of results and take hours to sort through. Thankfully, Craigslist has a variety of options that you can use to filter your searches, so that only the most relevant options are displayed.

  • Navigate to the Craigslist homepage for your city.

  • Click on the text box marked "Search Craigslist."

  • Type the name of the item, service or other commodity you are searching for into the box.

  • Click on the box below the text box to display a drop-down menu full of categories to search, including housing options, job opportunities and events.

  • Click on the arrow button next to the text box to perform a search.

  • Click on "Title Only" at the top of your screen to display only the titles of relevant postings. Click "Entire Post" to display entire ads in the search results.

  • Click "Most Recent" next to the "Sort by" heading below the search box to filter your search by the date your results were posted. Craigslist then displays the most recent ads first.

  • Click "Best Match" next to the "Sort by" heading to sort the results by what Craigslist believes are the closest match to your search terms. This can be useful if you are looking for specific wording in your ads.

  • Click "Low Price" to display the cheapest prices displayed in ads first. Price sorting options are especially useful when buying products on Craigslist.

  • Click "High Price" to sort the search results beginning with the most expensive results.

  • Check the box next to "Has Image" if you want to filter your search results to display only those with photographs.

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